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Supporting Scotland’s vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

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Creative Scotland - National Lottery Open Fund for Organisations


The National Lottery Open Fund for Organisations aims to support organisations who seek funding to undertake creative activity such as a specific project or production, a programme of creative work, or a period of research and development.

The fund can also support business change and development projects, such as those that make the organisation more financially sustainable or focus on broader organisational development.

The fund will be assessed against six key criteria:

  1. Quality and Ambition
  2. Engagement
  3. Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion
  4. Environmental Sustainability
  5. Fair Work
  6. International

For full details, see the Fund guidelines available on the Creative Scotland website.

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Geographical areas funded: Scotland

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Who can apply

Any type of constituted artistic, creative or cultural organisation based in Scotland can apply.

When to apply

There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time. Applicants will receive a decision on their application:

  • within 8 working weeks of submission (if applying for under £20k)
  • within 12 working weeks of submission (if applying for between £20k – £100k)

How to apply

Apply online via the Creative Scotland portal.

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Activites funded: Arts & culture

Beneficiaries funded: Black & Ethnic Minorities Children Economically/socially disadvantaged Families General public Care experienced people Socially isolated people LGBTQI people Rural communities Men Mental health conditions Offenders & ex-offenders Older people Ill-health Disabilities Learning disabilities Physical disabilities Sensory impairments Refugees & asylum seekers Local communities Women & girls Young people Urban communities

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